The India Association Hong Kong

Celebrating Seven Decades In Hong Kong

 
 
 
Introduction

The India Association Hong Kong

The India Association Hong Kong (the “Association”) is committed to preserve, promote and celebrate our Indian heritage whilst serving the broader community in the city we are proud to call home.

Our ongoing commitment is made evident by organising cultural and social functions, community outreach and working with NGOs and the Hong Kong Government on policy issues.

Details of the Association’s main activities are provided below.

Cultural and Social Functions

The Association hosts a number of social functions each year.  Preserving festivals and events is an important way of retaining our cultural identity.  In addition, we hold networking events for our members and celebrate India’s Independence Day annually with great pride and style. This annual cocktail reception is attended by prominent members from the government, consular services and the Indian as well as other communities of Hong Kong.

Community Outreach

Through its sub-committees, the Association works amongst the broader Hong Kong community to enhance and promote our Indian identity and to ensure our community and other ethnic minorities are properly integrated into Hong Kong society. 

The Association awards scholarships to local Hong Kong students and gives recognition to public servants who have served the community selflessly. We participate annually in the Community Chest Walk and are one of the largest fund raisers for this event

More recently, we have also played a key role in ensuring the availability of dental care, blood pressure monitoring, flu and pneumococcal vaccinations members of the Indian and other communities.

Policy Issues

We work with Government departments and make representations to senior officials and legislators on matters of importance to the Indian community. We also make detailed annual submissions to the Administration with respect to the Chief Executive’s Policy Address.  Submissions made are available to be viewed (include link)

Where appropriate, we work in conjunction with other ethnic communities.  In particular, we have a keen interest in issues relating to education policy and improving employment policy for Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities.

We encourage all those who share our vision to join us and become a part of shaping the next chapter of the Association‘s story.

Please view our website at www.indiaassociationhk.com

Alternatively email [email protected] for more details.

History

Even though The India Association in Hong Kong incorporated as an association only in December 1965, it was actually founded as early as 1948 in the post war years immediately following India’s Independence in 1947. A few members of the Indian community – such as Mr P. Vaswani, Mr. F.T. Melwani and Mr. Ujagar Singh – with a keen civic sense and a commitment to the social well-being of the community, got together and gave Hong Kong Indians the The India Association. 

From small and humble beginnings, the Association has grown into a non-profit, non-sectarian organization we can all be proud of.  The India Association made an early commitment to promoting our heritage through cultural and social functions organized on a fairly frequent basis through the years including a Diwali Ball each year.  Observing traditional festivals is one way of retaining cultural identity and the committee knew this well. As the years have progressed the Association has continued to promote cultural and social activities as well as providing services to the community and working with the Hong Kong Government on policy issues.

Latest Events

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77th Independence Day Of India

15 August 2023

Equal Opportunities Commission Luncheon

8 November 2022

Signing The Book Of Condolences For Queen Elizabeth II At The British Consulate

16 September 2022
The Association

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Committee

Mr. Vishal Melwani

President

Mr. Vijay Harilela

Ex-Officio

Mr. Mohan Chugani

Vice President

Mrs. Anita Gidumal

Vice President

Mr. Kavi Khiytani

Hon. Secretary

Mr. Richard Albuquerque

Hon. Treasurer

Mr. Notan Tolani

Committee Member

Mr. Nanu Lachman

Committee Member

Mr. Ramesh Mahtani

Committee Member

Mr. M. V. Ramadasan

Committee Member

Mr. Arun Nigam

Committee Member

Mr. Kamal Nankani

Committee Member

Mr. Tony K. Walia

Committee Member

Mrs. Preeti Wadhwa

Committee Member

Mr. Rakesh Sippy

Committee Member

Membership

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  • Application for membership may be in the form of “Life Member” or “Associate Life Member”.
  • Only Life Members shall be entitled to vote at General Meetings and be entitled to be elected officers and or members of the Committee of the Association.
  • Only Indians of the age of 21 years and over shall be admitted as Life Members. Any other persons of the age of 21 years and over may be admitted as Associate Life Members. Associate Life Members shall not be entitled to vote at General Meetings and shall not be entitled to be elected fficers or members of the Committee of the Association.
  • Corporate Members are permitted to nominate two persons as their nominees.
  • To apply for membership, please download and complete the IA Membership Application form or the Corporate Membership Application found below. The application fee for Individual Membership is currently HK$2,000, and Corporate Membership is currently HK$5,000. The completed application together with the cheque should be submitted to the address as indicated on the form.
  • The Committee shall at its meeting, consider the application and you shall be notified of the result as soon as the Committee has reached its decision.
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